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» July 26, 2011

North Korea Proposes New Framework for Nuclear Talks

The Chosunilbo

Dair Alzour

North Korea has called for launching talks among the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, excluding Japan and Russia from the current framework of six-party nuclear disarmament talks.

The North broached the topic in talks between the chief nuclear negotiators of both Koreas in Bali, Indonesia last Friday. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho also brought up the proposal when he met Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin on Saturday.

A diplomat said the North agreed to talks with the South "in response to a strong message from the U.S. that there would be no Pyongyang-Washington talks unless the North improves inter-Korean relations. It seems the North is considering the new initiative in the belief that there's not enough room for it to maneuver if it stays within the current framework as suggested by South Korea." Full Article   

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